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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Did you Pray for the Parents of our Grandchildren Today?

February 20, 2017
Did you pray for the parents of your grandchildren today? They are often overwhelmed with the many distractions and decisions they need to make living in today’s culture. Pray the parents of your grandchildren will not be distracted in their marriages, employment, and activities from their God given responsibility to guide the children in His ways. Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.                          Proverbs 22:6 NLT If you sign up to receive these prayer resources regularly, please sign up on the right we will send you a free downable copy of “31 Scriptures to Pray for your GGrandchildren.” Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net  

Have you Heard about the Collegiate Day of Prayer?

February 15, 2017
If you have grandchildren attending college at this time will you sign up to pray for their college on Thursday, February 23? I am giving you Scriptures and Suggestions to Pray for your college grandchildren after this writing from the Collegiate Day of Prayer website.The Power & Potential of United Prayer The Power & Potential of United Prayer As the students go, so goes our nation! If we win the spiritual battles across our nation but neglect our college campuses, all our progress will be undone in a generation. Therefore, students today need our support and earnest prayers. However, college students don’t just need more prayer, they need our UNITED prayer. Without a greater degree of genuine, unified prayer, our hopes and dreams for this generation may never be realized. According to Matthew 18:18-20, the greater the number united in faith and prayer, the easier the battle for this generation can be won. Just as a team of horses can move a heavy load faster and easier together, so our greatest barriers can be better overcome through united prayer. This kind of unified prayer is usually born out of a sense of urgency and need. In times of great need, men are willing to lay aside their differences so they can find a sure path to safety and blessing. For the Church, that path is united prayer. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of NEED.” (Hebrews 4:16). A humble recognition of great need combined with great faith in Christ always awakens united prayer. When Jesus was moved with compassion upon seeing the needs of the multitudes, He urged His friends and disciples: “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray…” (Matthew 9:36-38). Biblically and historically, united prayer has always been the means of grace to bridge the gap between a great need and a great awakening! This generation needs our unified prayers — please join us in praying for America’s college campuses! “If added power attends the united prayer of two or three, what mighty triumphs there will be when hundreds of thousands of consistent members of the Church are with one accord day by day making intercession for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom.”  —John R. Mott Taken from the Collegiate Day of Prayer website http://collegiatedayofprayer.org/about/vision-collegiate-day-prayer To sign up to pray for your college go to http://collegiatedayofprayer.org/user/register Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren in College Dear Father, I pray ________(insert grandchild’s name) Peace________ will not worry about anything, but pray about everything.   Philippians 4:6 Protection from the Enemy ________ will be alert and watch out for the temptations from the enemy, standing firm in his/her faith. I Peter 5:8, 9 Responsibility  ________ will learn to be responsible for his/her own actions and behavior. Galatians 6:5 Salvation  ________ will believe that Jesus loves him/her and died for his/her sins so he/she can have a personal relationship with You. John 3:16 Security  _________ will always remember that you will never
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A Valentine’s prayer for your grandchild from the Proverbs

February 13, 2017
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray _________ will: Trust you with all his/her Not depend on his/her own insight. Keep your words in his/her Always have a cheerful happy Listen to the words of the wise. Keep on the right course for life. Reflect your love to the hearts of others. Have a soft, teachable Above all else, guard his/her heart, for it affects everything he/she does. In the Name of Jesus, Amen Taken from the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, page 92, by Lillian Penner.    

Why do Grandparents need to Guard their Hearts?

February 11, 2017
Lillian Penner,  lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net  

Too Old to Make a Difference?

February 9, 2017
Guest blog by Bev Phillips “I’m too old to do much of anything anymore,” mumbled the elderly gentleman as I greeted him in the church foyer one Sunday morning and inquired how he was doing. In my role as Care Ministry Director at our church, I have heard this sentiment from our older generation more than once. This man had been a farmer, a church leader, a strong supporter of missions, and a Christian who had impacted many for God throughout the years. I asked him if he was still able to pray; a slow grin spread across his face as he nodded affirmatively. “You still can do the most important thing,” I encouraged, “and it’s something that is so desperately needed for the adults and children here – please don’t stop!” The Bible gives us an encouraging example of the powerful prayers of the older generation in the story of Joshua’s battle with the Amalekites in Exodus 17. As long as his mentor Moses, stationed on an overlooking hill, held the staff of God up in the air (representing intercession to God’s authority on the behalf of the younger men in the army below) the battle went well. When he tired of standing, he sat down; then his arms weakened, so Aaron and Hur supported his hands on either side allowing Moses to keep the staff raised. All three of these men were octogenarians but their intercessory actions were critical to the victory of those in the battle below (even more pivotal than the weapons and strength of their younger counterparts). Their ministry was not hindered by chronological age or even by physical weakness; without their obedience, teamwork, and crucial involvement as a bridge between God and the younger generation, the enemy would have won a victory. God chooses to use us in spite of our weaknesses to achieve His purposes (I Corinthians 1:27), so let us never say we are too old to make a difference! May we pray as if the outcome of the battle depends on us for it very well may.            Our prayers can hold up the arms for the parents of our grandchildren.  Our grandchildren and their parents desperately are in need of our prayers. Guest blog by Bev Phillips:  Bev Phillips is Director of Care Ministries at Lakes Free Church in Lindstrom, MN. She and her husband Olin have 9 adult children, 4 daughters-in-law, 2 sons-in-law, and 10 grandchildren (11 months to 17 years); they also have been foster parents to 12. Bev and her husband Olin reside in Stacy, MN. They are presenters of Courageous Grandparenting seminars for the Christian Grandparenting Network as well as Ambassadors for the Legacy Coalition, a national grandparenting ministry.  

Congratulations to the Grandma Universe Pageant Winner

February 6, 2017
  Agnes Jakosalem, a participant of the Grandparenting ministry from the Philippines won the 2017 Mrs. Grandma Universe pageant. At 51, it didn’t occur to Agnes Jakosalem to compete in a beauty pageant, more so bringing home the first crown for the Philippines in this year’s Mrs. Grandma Universe held in Sofia, Bulgaria last Jan. 22. But she did bring home the honors. When I congratulated Agnes she wrote, “I am thankful for your Grandparenting with a Purpose ministry, it really helped me in my journey.  I believe that God has a real purpose with all that is happening in my life and I pray that He will guide me and make me persevere. To God be the Glory!” For her advocacy of “grandparenting with a purpose,” Agnes maintains that grandparents should pray for their grandchildren and teach them the right values in life. Asked how she maintains her good looks, Agnes said, “My strong relationship with God helps me stay happy and I hold no grudges against anyone. I also work hard for my family and doing so demands an active lifestyle,” she said. By Lillian Penner, Co-Prayer Director, Christian Grandparenting Network To read more: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/121338/51-year-old-cebuana-wins-mrs-grandma-universe#ixzz4XjmmVoDU